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Wednesday 3rd July 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


TB Claims Get Knocked Back

Agricultural ministers in London have vehemently reacted to media claims that bovine tuberculosis can be can be passed on to humans, who consume meat and milk from cows tested positive for TB.

This comes the same week that the European Food Safety Authority published a scientific opinion stating no evidence of meat-borne transmission existed in the EU.

Government officials have also been quick to suppress damaging rumours that the purpose of the badger culls, scheduled for two heavily infected 'tb zones' in Gloucester and Somerset this summer, are to protect human health.

The reaction follows a report from the Sunday Times that said tens of thousands of the UK’s 28,000 cattle culled due to tuberculosis are sold for human consumption each year at a price worth £10 million to the UK economy.

Concern has been shown by the industry which, after dealing with the horsemeat scandal, has been quick to dismiss the potentially damaging claims as ‘irresponsible scaremongering’.

“All meat from cattle slaughtered due to bovine TB must undergo rigorous food safety checks before the meat is passed as fit for consumption,” stated Defra, the UK agriculture ministry. “As a result, the risk is extremely low, regardless of whether or how the meat is cooked.”

Defra added: “The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed there are no known cases where someone has contracted TB from eating meat.”

Levy board and red meat research organisation, EBLEX also hit back at the press.

Nick Allen, Sector Director, said that FSA guidelines are clear and are based on current science.

“If localised tuberculosis lesions are found in more than one organ or area of the carcase during the post mortem, the whole carcase and its offal and blood should be declared unfit for human consumption,” stressed Mr Allen.

“If lesions are found only in a single organ or part of the carcase, the instructions require the removal of the affected organ or part of the carcase as unfit for human consumption.”

In response to allegations that the badger cull is a scheme to protect human health Defra stated: “The purpose of the pilot badger culls is to reduce bovine TB in cattle, due to the disease’s huge impact on the farming industry, rural communities and taxpayers.

“While humans can contract TB, it is currently quite rare and those who have close contact with infected animals or who drink unpasteurised milk are most at risk.”


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CME: Futures At the Highest Level Since May Sixth, Wednesday
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   Ireland

Teagasc Welcomes in Horizon 2020 - A New EU Funding System

   Canada

Fly Control Has Positive Impact on Cattle Weight Gain, Stress
Industry Targets Top Three Feedlot Diseases

   Philippines

DSM Acquires Animal Health Premix Business for Feed Mills

   Ukraine

Ukrainian Meat Production Up During First Five Months of 2013

   Indonesia

Indonesian Interested in Queensland Cattle Station

   Global

Increasing Productivity Can Lower Methane Emissions
New Publication Examines Impact of Precautionary Principle

   Russian Federation

FMD NEWS: OIE Reports More FMD Outbreaks in Russia
Russian Delegation Inspects Brazilian Slaughterhouses
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   Mexico

Bi-national Agreement Confirms Three Areas As Low TB Risk

   United Kingdom

Third Aberdeenshire Schmallenberg Case Confirmed
TB Meat Claims Quashed
LMC: Higher Throughput Coincides With Average R3 Prices Rising 2p/kg
Strong Prices Seen Across Regions For 2013
CAP Plans Will 'Damage Farming, Reduce Food Production'
'No Justification' for Scottish Demands to Receive More CAP Money
UK Votes on Common Agricultural Policy Reform

   European Union

EFSA Reviews Inspection of Beef, Other Meats
Croatia Joins the EU
Political Agreement Reached on New Direction for CAP
EU Institutions Strike Deal on Reform of Farming Policy
EFSA Reports on Listeria Levels in Certain Ready-to-eat Foods
EFSA Consults over Renewal of Feed Additive Permits

   Paraguay

Rains Force Vaccination Period Extension
First Five Months Post Record Meat Exports for Paraguay

   Uruguay

Uruguayan Beef Sector To Turn Focus To Environment and Welfare

   Argentina

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   Peru

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